10/30/2012 09:27 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A few miles north of Weslaco lies a remnant of the early days in the Rio Grande Valley. A world of homes erected amid overgrown fields and undeveloped lots.
Pets roam free. Rusting machinery dots the landscape. Municipal services, like garbage collection, are nonexistent.
Residents often are compelled to rummage through garbage to search for items they need.
A putrid smell lingers in the air amid the desolate remnants of the American Dream.
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10/30/2012 09:13 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Francisca Salazar's children are rambunctious. They are full of personality and hope despite their dire economic reality.
The family lives in poverty in one of the Rio Grande Valley's many colonias.
The children walk around shoeless. They have no bed of their own.
Reaching the family required a trek trough mud, into an area of the Valley where the family of six lives in a small apartment.
Salazar sat on a couch flanked by her five children duri… Click to Read More
10/30/2012 08:58 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Francisca Salazar's daughter Daniella has asthma. Even with Medicaid she can't afford to get the 7-year-old the medicine she needs.
The girl recently slouched over the family's couch coughing and gasping for air.
Salazar placed a nebulizer mask over the girl's face to mitigate her condition while she looked for a ride to the doctor's office.
The doctor referred the girl to the emergency room.
"It's very, very hard for me," Salazar said.
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10/30/2012 08:44 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Rudy Silva Elementary School lies in the northern fringes of Weslaco, between the city and a colonia.
Juan Victor, Ruby, Daniella, Monica and Sergio are students at the school.
"We have high expectations for all children. It's just establishing strong relationships with all children, especially with our economically disadvantaged children," Rudy Silva Principal Cris Valdez said.
Valdez said more than 650 of her students are listed as economically disad… Click to Read More
10/30/2012 08:25 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Francisca Salazar spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS to give an update on the family's situation.
The family hopes to move out of the small colonia apartment soon. A murder happened recently just a block away from their front door and their neighbor's apartment was burglarized.
Salazar and her five children are on a long list for Section 8 housing.
The children are still in school. Sergio, Monica, Daniella, Ruby and Juan Victor have friends who accept them just… Click to Read More